Maternal monitoring, adolescent disclosure, and adolescent adjustment among Palestinian refugee youth in Jordan

L. Ahmad, J. Smetana, T.A. Klimstra

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Abstract

The role of parenting (adolescent-perceived maternal solicitation of information and control), and child-driven processes (adolescent disclosure and secrecy) in parental knowledge of adolescents' activities, norm-breaking, and anxiety were examined among 498 poor Palestinian youth (M = 15 years) living in refugee camps in Jordan. With family relationships and demographic background controlled, greater adolescent disclosure and less secrecy about activities, but also more maternal control and solicitation, were associated with greater maternal knowledge. Greater dispositional secrecy was associated with greater norm-breaking and generalized anxiety, but parental control and parental solicitation were not. In addition, both gender and maternal control moderated the effects of disclosure on norm-breaking. Differences between these findings and research with Western samples are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403–411
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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